Lots of Half-term fun to enjoy

WHETHER you want to stretch your imagination, enjoy some spooky fun or enjoy an old favourite, it’s all there in Tameside Council’s autumn half-term holiday programme.

Two events have been organised as part of the Big Imaginations Festival which brings together arts venues and organisations across the North West to ignite the imaginations of children and grown-ups through the wonder of theatre.

On Sunday, October 27, visitors to Portland Basin Museum in Ashton (noon to 3pm) can meet the Musical Botanist and his array of talented plants, each of which plays a different tune.

Two days later (October 28) the Astley Cheetham Gallery in Stalybridge hosts “Patchwork Wonders” where the Stitch Brothers will be entertaining children with a genre-busting mix of beatboxing, live drawing, animation, jazz, hip hop and South Asian folk music ideal for children.

There’s a show at 2.30pm. Tickets are £3 per child with one accompanying adult free. Booking is essential at www.ticketsource.co.uk/tameside-mbc – 0161 342 4144.

If your youngsters prefer something a little spookier, get them to Bardsley Vale car park off Oldham Road, Ashton, on Wednesday, October 30, for  Woods, Wands and Witch’s Brew (1 to 3pm).

They can make a wizard stick or spooky broom, collect some gruesome ingredients for a potion, and then warm themselves with some witch’s brew around the campfire.

There will be more spooky activities for children aged six and over at the Junior History Club on Saturday, November 2. Drop in at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Cotton Street, Ashton, at 10.30am (0161 342 4242).

Throughout the week, there are Room on the Broom sessions at various Tameside libraries. These are themed crafts and activities for youngsters aged four to 11. For full information visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries

Of course, in addition to these events, there will Also be all the old favourites: Story Makers; Make, Do and Play; Meet Tommy Atkins – A First World War Soldier; the Coder Dojo and Kids in the Environment.

To find out more visit www.tameside.gov.uk/culture or look out for leaflets in libraries, museums and galleries. Also, you can visit the Tameside Council, Facebook page.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for heritage, said: “Although everyone looks forward to school holidays it’ surprising how quickly young people can be searching for something to do. Luckily, with activities like these on offer, autumn half-term should be full of fun.”

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